What Conditions Do Chemical Peels Treat?
Chemical peels are performed on the face, neck or hands. They can be used to:
•Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth •Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging and hereditary factors •Improve the appearance of mild scarring •Treat certain types of acne •Reduce age spots, freckles and dark patches due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills (melasma) •Improve the look and feel of skin that is dull in texture and color
Areas of sun damage, which may contain pre-cancerous keratoses that appear as scaly spots, may improve after chemical peeling. Following treatment, new pre-cancerous lesions are less likely to appear.
However, sags, bulges and more severe wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels. They may require other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures, such as laser resurfacing , a facelift , brow lift , eyelid lift or soft tissue filler. Treaments can be scheduled at our Kissimmee or Sebring, Florida locations.
Who Is a Good Candidate For a Chemical Peel?
Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are ideal candidates for chemical peels. Darker skin types may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. Our special blends of chemical peels allow treatment for all skin types and skin conditions. Our approach is a progressive, rather than aggresive. Thus assuring a safe and effective treatment plan, reducing the changes of adverse effects.
How Are Chemical Peels Performed?
A chemical peel can be performed in our office as an outpatient procedure. The skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils and the eyes and hair are protected. One or more chemical solutions, such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or carbolic acid (phenol), are applied to small areas on the skin. These applications produce a controlled wound, enabling new, regenerated skin to appear.
Preparing for a Chemical Peel
Prior to the chemical peel, your doctor may ask you to stop taking certain drugs and prepare your skin with topical preconditioning medications such as Retin-A, Renova, or glycolic acid. After the chemical peel, it's important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. If you have been prescribed oral antibiotics or an oral antiviral medicine, you should begin taking those as directed. Typically, the oral antibiotics are prescribed depending on the depth of the chemical peel.
What to Expect During The Procedure
During the procedure, most patients experience a warm to somewhat hot sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. This sensation lasts for a brief time usually minutes and the skin is returned to its normal state.
What To Expect After the Chemical Peel
Depending upon the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness, followed by flaking or scaling that ends within three to seven days. Mild peels may be repeated at one to four-week intervals until the desired clinical effect is achieved.
It is important to avoid over-exposure to the sun after a chemical peel since the new skin is fragile and more susceptible to complications. Our surgeon will prescribe the proper follow-up care to reduce the tendency to develop abnormal skin color after peeling.
What Are the Possible Complications of Chemical Peels?
In certain skin types, there is a risk of developing a temporary or permanent color change in the skin. Taking birth control pills, subsequent pregnancy or family history of brownish discoloration on the face may increase the possibility of developing abnormal pigmentation.
Although low, there is a risk of scarring in certain areas of the face, and certain individuals may be more prone to scarring. If scarring does occur, it can usually be treated with good results.
There is a small risk of reactivation of cold sores in patients with a history of herpes outbreaks. This problem is treated with medication as prescribed by the surgeon. Your doctor may also choose to give you medication before or immediately after the peel in order to prevent a herpes outbreak.
Prior to treatment, it is important for a patient to inform the physician of any past history of keloids (scar tissue overgrowth created at the site of a skin injury) or unusual scarring tendencies, as well as listing of x-rays treatments to the face or recurring cold sores.
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Setting Up A Consultation for a Chemical Peel
You can contact our office to set up a free consultation with our Esthetician to see if a chemical peel is right for you. At the consultation your medical history as well as a skin analasis will be performed to determine the best course of treatment. The consultation takes approximately 20-30 minutes and treatment can be set up as early as 1 week following consultation. Treaments can be scheduled at our Kissimmee or Sebring, Florida locations.
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